Sep 15, 2017 02:37 PM IST | Source:

Maharashtra government extends deadline for online farm loan waiver applications

Earlier, Subhash Deshmukh had made it clear that he would not extend the deadline, so as to give at least three weeks time to process and give out the waivers by Diwali.

The Maharashtra government has extended the deadline for online farm waiver loan application to September 22 from September 15.

According to a Mint report, the announcement was made by state minister of cooperation, marketing, and textile Subhash Deshmukh, on Thursday. Deshmukh is heading the minister’s group to implement the farm loan waiver program.

The announcement will benefit 4.4 million farmers who were unable to submit their online applications by September 14.

Deshmukh was not in favour of extending the deadline earlier as the government wanted at least three weeks time for verification of the applications, so that they would be able to dispense the waivers around Diwali.

Close to seven million farmers had submitted their applications by September 14. Of this seven million, 4.5 million farmers applied online, according to an official at the department of cooperation.

The report also stated that staff from the department of cooperation, revenue, agriculture, and information technology will process these online applications with bankers and determine whether they are eligible.

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Close to 26,000 facilitation centres have been set up all across Maharashtra for the farm loan applications.

While filing the application, many farmers around Marathwada and Vidarbha faced hindrances due to technical snags at the facilitation centres, which hampered the process.

An official told Mint that the reasons for delay could possibly be due to the government officials not being familiar with the process. Also, slow internet connectivity, server breakdown and power supply among other things may have delayed the process

On June 24, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government had announced Rs 34,022 crore farm loan waiver, where nine million farmers are expected receive the benefits.
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